Supportive Care for those with advanced illnesses

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When a loved one is diagnosed with an advanced disease -- such as cancer, end-stage cardiac disease, end-stage renal disease or any serious illness -- and he or she is ready to come home, what type of home care program is better -- Home Health or Hospice?

Typically, Home Health provides the physical treatment required by the patient; Hospice care does not provide "curative" treatment but has specialized expertise in pain and symptom management.

BJC Home Care Services has combined the physical treatment of home health care with the pain and symptom management provided by our hospice program. This blended program is the BJC Supportive Home Care Program, which gives home-bound patients with an advanced illness a third choice.

The care is provided by registered nurses, social workers, home health aides, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, who offer:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Chemotherapy side effects management (constipation, anemia, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, neuropathies)
  • Skin/wound care, including care to irradiated sites and decubitus wound care
  • Lab work
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN), Pleurx catheters and Wound Vacs
  • Education to caregivers
  • Expertise in insurance reimbursements (Medicare/Medicaid/private insurance)
  • Emotional support to the patient and family

Staff members act as advocates for patients and physicians, ensuring quality and continuity of care.

To qualify, the patient must:

  • Have a progressive, advanced disease
  • Have a physician order for this type of care
  • Have a need for skilled nursing, physical therapy or speech/language pathology
  • Meet homebound status criteria for home health